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Isolation or Inclusion – A Personal Choice September 28, 2013

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Isolation or Inclusion - A Personal Choice

Emotions and Intentions July 12, 2013

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There are times when emotions supersede intentions; the actions that follow marks the difference between knowledge and wisdom, vice and virtuous, the rise and fall, the powerful and weak. The month of Ramadan is the month when Moslems around the world subdue their emotions – the capricious attraction towards the fleeting joy of the material world – and clarify their intentions – the genuine reason and ‘purpose of being.’

River Nile is drying! July 4, 2013

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River Nile is drying; once it witnessed the grace of Moses (peace be upon him) and now it’s watching the rise and fall of Morsy. The pyramids are crumbling too following the hanging gardens of Babylon. The Sphynx sits beside the pyramids in silence with a chuckle of contempt witnessing the downfall of a civilization, or is it a smile of relief, watching her children come to age?

Personal Lessons from Neymar’s Brazil – The Confederations Cup Champions July 1, 2013

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Brazil v Uruguay: Semi Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Watching Brazil play Spain at the Confederations Cup was an absolute thriller; the grip of the game and the grit of the gamers were phenomenal, it almost dwarfed Spaniards in spite of the fame they brought to the championship, undefeated since 2010 when they played Switzerland in the World Cup opener!

These what you will read now are nothing new; read them as a refresher, just in case!

If I were to expand those 90 minutes to spread across the span of life, perhaps I would share these points as the highlights that will also determine the champions in us, enabling us to conquer and achieve.

Determination: Determination to achieve and Confidence on the ability to achieve was written on the foreheads of all the Brazilians! It wasn’t any different on the Spaniards, but towards the half-way through, I felt I started to see weak signs of body language in them that were not of champions but pronouncing loudly ‘please save us!’ as in their minds they already believed they’ve lost the game.  What’s in our minds will get reflected in our actions, and I guess they began to act already as those who lost the chance to grab the trophy!

Obstacles: No matter how determined you are to penetrate the defense, you will be tackled and tackled without mercy by the opponent who is equally wanting to win what you are set to win. With every tackle, you experience excruciating pain, but you must stand up, still, limb a few steps if you will, but run, chasing your goal that is in the net on the other side. You must move on, and move on quickly, or else, those on the other camp will, and will do so even quicker.

Decision Making: I loved Neymar’s decision to let go the ball from Hulk from the right seeing Fred running with him on his left, which Fred anticipated and grabbed the opportunity, and in fraction of seconds decided on the angle at which to shoot the ball, and shot it accurately placing the ball in the corner of the net. What more to explain on the ability to analyze the situation on hand, make the decision in the run, instantly, with a clear vision of goal in front and the opportunities to achieve them.

Break The Rules: Marcus Buckingham wrote the book, First Break The Rules. You are taught not to tackle your opponent in the D for it would qualify for a penalty. However, you must break that rule if tackling your opponent is the only option left when in the D which leaves you with even a hypothetical chance to achieve your goal of not acceding a goal.  That’s what Marcelo did with Jesus Navas and the end result of acceding that penalty was that it left a chance for the rattled Ramos to make a mistake, one that would bring you closer to your goal. Sometimes, some rules are to break – as long as it is still aligned to ecological balance of the system you are in.

Do things differently: Even in celebration, Neymar and team chose to do things differently. When after scoring the first two goals they ran up to the cheering Brazilian spectators, Fred and team chose to dance around the corner flag after scoring the third goal. We must look at what we do and see if that is boxed into a monotonous predictable rhythm, or whether there is an excitement of unpredictable yet enjoyable pattern that you create with your moves.

Say ‘Thank You’: What a graceful sight it was to see David Luiz kneel on the ground in submission to the Power he prays to, thanking Him for making him the winner tonight! That was followed by many other team members, who spent a moment to thank those who matter in their achievements. It’s easy for us to forget in the glory of celebrations the powers that drove us to that achievement, and that’s where these players showed their ability to not get carried away before they do what’s important to do – thank God for my achievements, that I wouldn’t achieve what I did if it were not for your blessings!

Shahir

Between Luck and Destiny ! June 27, 2013

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When one is dependent on what we call ‘luck’, it has its way of gracefully walking into your hands and secretly slip out through your fingers, making life alternatively ever more intriguing and equally amusing.  Just when you sit back with a sigh of relief, you lean forward the next moment with your chin resting in your arms, sighing again from disbelief.

However, opportunities are presented every moment though – in different disguise, but what’s visible for the average are the cracks between the opportunities; while the gaps are magnified, with an amplified sound of fear of  a zillion ‘what if’ remaining answered, the brighter side of the moment is often oblivious to eyes of the many who see them through the vision of distorted beliefs operating their thoughts which guide their actions, falling short by miles from what you are capable of by design.

Luck is a weak misinterpretation of realized opportunities. Destiny is then a lame excuse who seek a source to blame, escaping from taking the ownership of changing the software that generate keys to open possibilities of success.

Between the luck and destiny is the clay of life to for you to mold the way you wish it to be, to sculpt the most graceful statue of a legacy you wish to leave behind.

 

Shahir

 

Are you singing it right? June 20, 2013

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Choir-Female SingingYou would not hear your voice in a choir; but that’s no excuse for you to sing it wrong.

When watching a concert, my attention often goes to those on the stage performing with one of those minutest instruments that is dwarfed in front of the majestic cellos and percussions and yet the person who’s playing it plays as if she’s the only one on the stage and the whole audiences are there just to watch her play.

That’s the kind of obsession I would love to see in a team performing at work, the spirited individuals performing their series of little tasks knowing how it fill the gaps of the big picture, subsequently becoming one with the rest, inseparable as the sound of cello is from that of violin yet retaining its individuality.

It’s not whether your voice is heard, whether your performance is seen that should stimulate you to perform, rather, the conscious awareness of the timbre of your voice and the pride of your performance that you feel, the feeling with which you can go to bed and sleep well from having spent a day in the best possible way.

What are you compromising when performing which if you had given your best there will only be one ‘you’ who can do what you do?

 

Shahir

Sarabjit’s Death : Is There An Untold Story? May 3, 2013

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As an ordinary man putting the pieces together I cannot help but think as I followed the story of Sarabjit – caught and sentenced to death by Pakistani authorities over 20 years ago, and died yesterday after a brutal attack on him last week by prison inmates-  that there is possibly another side to it. It’s not that I pulled the pieces of stories together consciously, but somehow the pieces came into one, creating this other side of story – perhaps not true, but surely a possibility.

Firstly, Sarabjit will be getting a state funeral, I read today.

True that it may be as a last respect to him for the long years he spent in the neighbour’s prison, but is it all the reason that demanded this respect or is there anything more that ‘qualifies’ him for the state funeral?

I do not have the sources to cite, but very long ago when I was a child and the story of the famous double agent Aldrich Ames was on the cover pages of leading magazines then, there was a relatively insignificant story of a migrant fisherman in US who lived as a fisherman for several years and died in that same village; soon after his death, the embassy of this migrant quickly came in to receive his body and was taken back to his native country and given a state funeral, which is when the US came to know how much has been lost from the underwater ‘work’ he was engaged in all these years prior to his death.

Government’s gesture of a state funeral for Sarabjit reminded me of this story – perhaps rightfully unrelated though!

Secondly, the Times of India today had details of his journey that lead him to the neighbour’s prison. He was just a matriculate, a farmer tilling his land the whole day and somehow crossed the border in an inebriated state after the day’s work.

It just didn’t sit well to my common sense that a farmer would be carrying USD 800 in his pocket as pocket money while unconsciously slipping in across the border.

Who funded him? Was there anyone on top of the tree?

The reader of this article might well be steaming inside with fury against this author – for not accepting the ‘truth’ as it was ‘told’, but point is not to belittle Sarabjith and I wish sincerely as you all that he didn’t have to go through what he did go through.

My point is different. And I need no answers.

The thought that struck me since the last time this issue came out was that whether this gentleman was on the rolls of the government, and if he was, did he not deserve a little more attention through our Foreign Affairs offices and mobilize our international political power that could have altered his fate – with the different ‘varieties’ of governments we had of different ideologies, at the center?

Did the media do enough justice to his cause?

Did we light enough candles – at whichever gates and streets?

Perhaps we are to blame for his unfortunate death if anywhere in the depth of our conscience we know silently that he was serving our country and not just a farmer who happened to cross the borders in an inebriated state.

If he was indeed a servant of our nation with a mission on his shoulders, we are guilty as charged, no matter how we fill the ‘air-time’ now.

Shahir.

The Best of Life April 13, 2013

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“I’ve seen the best of life not in my travel across the countries but in the eyes of one who’s sitting right across the table, whose words are simply so genuine and whose interest to listen springs from a heart that cares.”

Conditioned Belief April 12, 2013

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drinkingBelief: When poured into your cupped hands, water is seen as ‘drinkable’. When poured on your arms it becomes dirty, used. The outside and the inside of your hand is yours – perhaps equally dirty or clean – and yet, there is a natural bias that we employ to what’s inside your palm and what’s outside your arm, ridiculous though it may sound! What if our learning was different, therefore our belief and perception?

Open Your Arms | A Letter To A Friend April 1, 2013

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letterMy dear friend, open your arms.

I can guess the intensity of what you are going through, but whatever you are going through would be lighter if you have your arms opened and allows those who love you to walk in to it. It will always leave you lighter, trust me.

I have been grossly betrayed by people who I trusted, and as severe as yours, my career too had had its term of spiralling down for a longer period than yours combined with severe physical challenges I had to endure through the surgeries I was put through in between these race for success – most of my days turning to be a struggle to gather myself up as one piece and continue to move forward, with just one hope and prayer that I will be again having the glory and fame I once had while we were together. I had swung wildly between the past and future, no hands that I hold had the pulse to offer any help – especially those hands I thought are the most trusted ones! Life is such, my dear friend, those are the chapters we learn as we learn to live, at times bitter ones as they are.

Nonetheless, my dear, what is a few years when compared to the larger scheme of life, if only we allow ourselves to not disintegrate. Let us not break ourselves up, when everything around us might appear as a hammer breaking us up. If we keep on pushing, polishing ourselves, believing that we were once great and what’s now is only a temporary fall – like the Romans, like the Spaniards, like the British, like the Mughals – and that we will rise again, we will then rise again. All we need to do is to keep us shining, equip us with the tools necessary for us to bounce back when bouncing back becomes an option, and be valuable for future than perish in the present suffocating in the nauseating debris of the past.

Open your arms, my dearest friend, I want to stay in touch with you. Because I know the pain and agony you’ve been through and I want to be part of you growing out of it, towards a brighter tomorrow, without a shade of yesterday.

All you need to do now is this:

  1. get up after you read this, and take a hot shower.
  2. put the best dress you have, as though you are going for a meeting. This meeting is with you, my friend – an important person.
  3. come to a decision, that you are building a better tomorrow. Decide to begin to do things that you haven’t been doing for ages now. Reading, courses, meeting people, writing for opportunities – even if it means you are taking a step back to leap yards forward. Get back to life, my dear friend; make with your life a great story that you can write later – a contemporary story of the phoenix that’s rising from its ashes.

To feel dejected isn’t a foreign experience for me either. But who we think are responsible to help us are not responsible to help us. Your value is determined by the context of time your services in life is associated. As the needle of time move upwards, your value appreciates till a threshold and it is inevitable that it depreciate after a point, or burst by reaching beyond its capacity.  Someone must have played an important role in your life once upon a time. But time isn’t constant. That person’s responsibility was limited to the context of that changing time. Their priorities changes.  It’s we who are responsible for us, responsibility to  keep your priority unchanged – the priority of taking care of your well being. We just need to keep trying.

Give me your trade mark bear hug, my friend. Know that I hated you in between because I loved you so much and it was hurting to see you distancing to a shell of your own from me, and many like me who love and care for you a lot.

Lovingly,

Shahir

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